Archive for April, 2012


So I bought some PVA in a bid to decoupage something with the remaining dress patterns. Only, I don’t have anything I especially want to decoupage.

I thought about doing some jam jars in a really thin layer and using them as tea lights, but then I made epic quantities of rhubarb and strawberry marmelade, using up not only my own supply of jars, but Work-wife’s too. The hunt for a suitable item continuues…

In other news, it’s Bub’s first birthday on Wednesday and I’m really looking forward to it. Like Christmas, we haven’t really bought anything for her because she doesn’t understand what’s happening,however I am hoping to make a traditional afternoon tea sort of spread for lunch on the day itself. Her Danish grandparents are coming over  specially for the occasion, and hopefully, the weather will be good enough that we can throw open the patio doors and take tea on the lawn. Wishful thinking I realise – both farmor and farfar drink coffee.

Anyway, that’s where we stand at present. Will keep you posted with any more of my thrilling updates 😛



I came away from the amazing trip round Europe with a new resolve to make the most of what I have. Having managed with just half the number of socks I thought I’d need, it’s made me reassess the things in my life.

Prepare for crafting.

Not really a craft, but the first of many things one could do with old, incomplete dress patterns is to use them as free wrapping paper. I think they look really stylish when coupled with tonal ribbons.

Honestly though? I’ve got thousands of patterns all lined up neatly in a box upstairs and very little inspiration regarding what to use them for. I’ve sifted out the ones I want to sew and will do that when my machines finally get serviced. Whilst I’m positive that they can be made into hundreds of awesome things, I just don’t know what those are.

Other non-sewing suggestions would be greatly appreciated. What would you do with incomplete patterns?


I have returned from both Europe and my post-baby misery. It’s amazing what a few weeks of good food, good friends and fresh air can do. And Prague, of course – where would we be without honey cake after all.

I would share what I wrote along the way, but due to my penchant for pretending to be Indy, I wrote everything down in a leather journal which my inherent laziness prevents me from typing up.

If you’re interested in seeing my mass of pictures, email me and I’ll share the folder. If you’re interested in seeing thoughtfully captioned pictures, then the lovely Misti has taken the time to do what I have not.

Highlights of the  trip?

  • Honey cake in Prague
  • Finding 50 Euros on the street in Frankfurt
  • Mint tea at the library in Amsterdam
  • Reading Joe Abercrombie’s books
  • The snow in Munich
  • Having my cameo clipped out of black paper by the artists in Montmartre
  • Buying bears in Prague
  • How good the Czech coins feel to hold
  • Hot honey wine at the Prague market
  • The gingerbread and tiny sausages of Nurnburg
  • Coming home to see the look of surprise on Bub’s face when I got in the car
  • Being handed a cuppa at Medburn and feeling like I was home

I’ve come away with so many ideas for stories, foods, clothes and changes that need to be made. Afterall, you need half the clothes and twice tthe fruit as you’d think you do.


It’s not quite 80 days, nor are we going around the world, but M- and I are off! To London, and then the continent. Ho!